Nevada’s clean energy advocates are celebrating the commitment of Gov. Steve Sisolak and the State Legislature this week after officially signing into law an unparalleled number of energy related bills.
The suite of legislation began with Senate Bill 358, strengthening Nevada’s clean-energy standards to require 50 percent clean energy by 2030 with a goal of 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050. Governor Sisolak signed the bill into law in May. Gov. Sisolak rounded out the session’s clean energy gains by signing Assembly Bill 483, which will help the state prepare for a future powered by electric vehicles by gathering vehicle mileage to show how much our roadways are being used by electric and other passenger vehicles.
Among the other bills passed and signed into law, AB 377 allows heavy-duty electric trucks to compete with diesel semi-trucks on Nevada’s roads and highways, SB 299 opens up funding for an electric school bus pilot program, and Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 creates a study on the benefits and use of electric vehicles and new ways to fund road and transportation infrastructure.
In a state where more than 32,000 people already work in energy efficiency, clean energy generation and energy storage, this wave of new clean energy policy strategically positions Nevada to continue the development of clean, renewable solar, geothermal and other energy technologies while attracting business investment from major companies.
“Gov Sisolak and Nevada lawmakers are showing the country that smart environmental and economic policies can be non-partisan,” said Susan Nedell, E2’s Western States Advocate. “These new bills will go a long way to reducing emissions from tailpipes and smokestacks – improving air quality for all Nevadans while saving families money on energy and growing the state’s clean energy workforce.”
“AEE applauds Nevada’s thoughtful approach to the changing dynamics of transportation and the mechanisms that fund the state’s infrastructure,” said Ray Fakhoury, Principal with the Advanced Energy Economy. “Now, Nevada can embrace a transportation transformation without discouraging innovation and economic growth.”
— Solar Builder magazine